Chiasmus

Definition of Chiasmus

Chi`as´mus   Pronunciation: kî`ăz´mŭs
n.1.(Rhet.) An inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or subsequently referred to in a sentence
If e'er to bless thy sons
My voice or hands deny,
These hands let useful skill forsake,
This voice in silence die.
- Dwight.

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